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French Artist Invites Us to Fall in Love with Havana’s Eclecticism

Published: 2021.10.16 - 12:25:15  /  /  Miguel Darío García Porto

The city in its eclecticism marked by beauty, singularity, and poetry has been captured by the French photographer Franck Delorieux, who is the author of the exhibition Miradas a La Habana, which is currently on display at the Casa Victor Hugo in collaboration with the Alliance Française. 

According to a press release issued by the institution, this work is a sort of "Havana suite", as the great visual richness of the mythical Caribbean city is evident in each piece. 

The general director of the Alliance Française in Cuba and curator of the exhibition, Marc Sagaert, points out that in this work the author once again reveals the city space through the sharpness of the eye that looks, and discovers the singularity of each space.

 "Havana is undoubtedly a city that traps and fascinates, sometimes mysterious and subtle, but always full of temperament and memory. Franck Delorieux knows this sensation.", said Sagaert. 

For the specialist, the photographs of his fellow countryman are a "beautiful tribute to this place that he named with exceptional creative talent and where today, finally, we enjoy a selection of works chosen out of respect for this island that welcomed him on his visit in 2012." 

Through this exhibition we discover an accumulation of sensations that come to life in each photograph, an invaluable vision of the city and deep respect for its neighborhoods and its people, for this reason, the curator underlined: 

"Delorieux's elegant handling of architectures and sites offers a wide range of artistic solutions. We discover careful geometric compositions, perfectly calculated framing, and intimate vocation in the details of an imaginative and creative city." 

It is worth noting that the Gallic artist distances himself from preconceived ideas about what is Cuban and Cubanness is and manages to explore and confirm the great diversity of cultural expressions of this nation. 

Of his favorite places in the city, he captures beautiful snapshots of the neighborhoods of El Vedado, Centro Habana, and Old Havana. 

His gaze is also surprised by the Malecón with its visitors who defy the imposing waves and by the heritage environment that protects the city expressed in columns, old buildings, monuments, and stained glass windows. 

Undoubtedly, Miradas a La Habana is a well-deserved tribute to the city and its protagonists, to the creative and restoration work that is carried out, and to the extensive cooperation between France and Cuba.

 But it is also an invitation to experience the capital through artistic revelation and experience and to fall in love with this city that we look at every day, where dreams and hopes mingle amidst the bustle of irregular streets and surreal characters.

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